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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Porcupine Balls

A couple of weeks ago I had posted a Red Rice recipe and Shari Sunday had mentioned Porcupine Balls. I haven't made these in a hundred years and have no idea why, they really are so good. Shari I hope these remind you of your mother-in-law's recipe.

Porcupine Balls
approx. 18 balls
print recipe

1 tablespoon grits
1/4 cup of tomato juice
1 cup cooked brown rice
1 pound ground beef (raw)
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 tablespoon grated onion
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon marjoram
1 teaspoon paprika
dash of pepper
1 1/2 cups tomato juice
1/2 teaspoon honey
1/4 cup soy sauce

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Soak grits in 1/4 cup tomato juice for 15 minutes.

Combine cooked rice with beef, egg, onion,salt, marjoram, paprika, pepper and grits-tomato mixture. Mix lightly.

Shape mixture into balls about 2 inches in diameter. Place in shallow baking dish. Combine 1 1/2 cups tomato juice, honey and soy sauce. Pour mixture over meatballs and bake about 35 minutes in preheated oven.


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  2. porcupine meatballs! That brings back memories of my mother-in-law. She used uncooked white rice and made them in a pressure cooker with a thin tomato sauce. Your version sounds good, too. I love your recipes.


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